OnTheIssuesMagazine

OnTheIssuesMagazine
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Long Island City, New York,
Birthday
January 26
Bio
ON THE ISSUES MAGAZINE ONLINE is a successor to the print publication, On The Issues Magazine, a progressive, feminist quarterly print publication from 1983 to 1999, both published by Choices Women’s Medical Center, Merle Hoffman, President and CEO, located in Long Island City, New York.

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By Mary Lou Greenberg, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine.

The action starts at 7 a.m. every Saturday when volunteers start arriving, women and men, some who get up at 5 a.m. and travel far on the subway to be there, donning white lab coats and positioning themselves on the… Read full post »

The action starts at 7 a.m. every Saturday when volunteers start arriving, women and men, some who get up at 5 a.m. and travel far on the subway to be there, donning white lab coats and positioning themselves on the sidewalk. They come to help escort women patients… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2013 5:41PM

The Love of Strangers

 By Merle Hoffman, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine.

"Patient #4 in recovery was moved by your work and wants to see you." When my assistant's email came through, I was in the middle of a meeting in my office. Excusing myself, I put on the white coat I always keep hanging… Read full post »

 By Mahnaz Rezaie, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine.

I am from Afghanistan. I am now an undergraduate student on scholarship at an American college. I was on campus last Sunday when I read – and agonized over – an article on the front page of The New York Times about the… Read full post »

By Linda Stein, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine. 

In eighth grade, I was a bully.

We were five girls picking grass straws in the playground of my junior high school. I won. I was suddenly the president of the "I Hate Carole Club." I was thrilled. I'd never been president of anything/… Read full post »

By Stacia Friedman, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine

 You remember me. When you were in grade school, I was the last kid picked by any team captain, regardless of the sport. Yes, that was me. The pale girl with the frizzy hair and arms like toothpicks.

My response to a… Read full post »

By Alex Channon, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine.

Sex segregation in sports is so widely accepted that it is hardly ever discussed. But this outdated and harmful notion merely reinforces a sexual hierarchy in society, and the assumptions behind it need some serious re-examination.

Participat… Read full post »

By Christine Stark, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine.

 

I could say soccer saved me, but it wouldn’t be true. I saved myself, as a girl, on my own, by becoming good at soccer.

When I was a kid I used images to teach myself so that I would live.… Read full post »

 By Jane Schonberger, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine.

 

Growing up in the '70s, I loved watching the Olympics. As an athlete myself, I sat mesmerized through performances from exciting athletes like Nadia Comaneci and Bruce Jenner. I became engrossed in learning about their back-s/…

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By Veronica I. Arreola, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine

 You cannot open a paper or magazine (or their digital counterparts) lately and not read a story about an Olympian, especially if it is a woman. During the build up to the Olympics is where being a physically strong woman ea… Read full post »

 By Carolyn Gage, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine

As a playwright attempting to reclaim the lesbian lives of historic women athletes like Babe Didrikson Zaharias, I run into a peculiar brand of homophobia.

Writing about women athletes is a joy. Women athletes defy expectations and… Read full post »

 By Kathleen A. O'Shea, cross-posted from On The Issues Magazine.

 

In the latest show of force, the Vatican is attempting to control and punish nuns and all women who think for themselves -- the most radical wave of feminism ever to wash over the Rock of Peter. As…

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 By Mauricio Espinoza, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine

Jordan leaped to grab that ball as if nothing else in the world mattered, the way good goalkeepers do, oblivious to the sea of enemy legs that crowded the penalty box like hungry sharks with menacing cleats for teeth. My brave eight-y… Read full post »

 By Michelle Chen, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine

When a little girl starts growing breasts a year after losing her first baby tooth, her parents probably understand the situation as little as she does. And when it happens to girls across the country, and to many… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2010 4:26PM

Not-so-New Right Wing Women

By Abby Scher, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine

The doctor's wife was an educated woman, she'd raised two children, and been active in her community through the Junior League. But it was President Obama who made her take to the barricades of the Tea Party movement.… Read full post »

 by Tanya Melich, cross-posted at On The Issues Magazine

Republican women have become a not-so-subtle weapon for breaking apart the Democratic coalition, grounded in the women's vote, that gave Democrats control of the House and Senate in 2006 and 2008 and made Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the… Read full post »

by Beverly Cooper Neufeld

From On The Issues Magazine

A small cadre of women rallied on the steps of New York's City Hall on April 28th, 2007, the day known as a Equal Pay Day. This day marks the time when a working woman catches up to what a… Read full post »

by Carol Hanisch

from On The Issues Magazine

Consciousness-raising was birthed as a mass-organizing tool for the liberation of women in 1968 when the country and the world were seething with freedom movements. The women who started the Women’s Liberation Movement, several of whom had experienc… Read full post »

by Gloria Feldt

Reprinted from On The Issues Magazine

Whenever I set foot in Brooklyn where Margaret Sanger opened the first American birth control clinic 93 years ago at 46 Amboy Street, I feel like I’m on hallowed ground. As an exhausted 20-year-old mother of three in West Texas… Read full post »

by Andrea Smith

From On The Issues Magazine 

In a society that, in large measure, condones gender violence, the problem cannot be solved by locking up a few men. It is a problem that requires a political organizing solution, one that focuses on transforming society so that it no longer condones… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 5, 2009 12:30PM

What's in a name? Everything. Intersex: Why Naming Matters

by Thea Hillman

from On The Issues Magazine

When I first learned about intersex, it was from a friend of mine who had just completed a training to work at a sex information hotline. I was horrified when she told me about the cosmetic surgery on infants’ genitals. At… Read full post »

JULY 30, 2009 2:32PM

Selecting The Same Sex

by Merle Hoffman, On The Issues Magazine

There is one place where the definition of gender remains binary – in the womb. When it comes to sonograms, amniocentesis and standard pre-natal testing, there are no nuances. Here, the pronouncement, “It’s a girl,” can translate into… Read full post »